SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard

Using a 3D Sketch instead of 2D for the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard

We are all used to the standard method of applying SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard holes. In the Feature tab click on Hole Wizard, select the size, click the Position tab and place the hole in the part. Easy-peasy right? There are times where we must design…

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SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard Zero Thickness Geometry Rebuild Error

Oh no, a rebuild error has appeared reporting: “Unable to create this feature because it would result in zero-thickness geometry”. Has this ever happened to you when trying to insert a SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard hole? This most often happens when trying to place a hole…

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Define Hole Wizard Depth to Tip or Shoulder with SOLIDWORKS 2020

Hole Depth to Tip

Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2020, the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard holes would specify end condition of drilled or tapped holes as depth to shoulder.  Now in 2020, we can specify drill depth to tip.  For example, maybe it is critical that the drill hole not pierce through…

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Specifying Hole Wizard Tolerances in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019 you can specify the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard Tolerances and Precision directly within the hole wizard feature. The tolerance that have been added within the hole wizard command, will automatically propagate to hole callouts in drawings. This means that you no longer…

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How to Upgrade SOLIDWORKS Toolbox to a Newer Version

After upgrading SOLIDWORKS to a newer major release, you may see a warning that the Hole Wizard and Advance Hole database is not the expected version.  This indicates that the Hole Wizard/Toolbox database has not been properly updated to the same version. You will need…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hole Wizard Update

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hole Wizard Update

Much like when SOLIDWORKS made your first sketch dimension auto scale your whole part back in 2014, with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018, they have added another feature that users have asked for which makes modeling your designs easier even if it seems like a minor…

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SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard with Circular Sketch Pattern

SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard with Circular Sketch Pattern

Say you want to add multiple holes in a Hole Wizard feature.  Typically you would add multiple points from the Positions tab and add dimensions/relations.  You can use Linear and Circular Sketch Patterns to create the extra points. In most cases it would be simpler…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Advanced Hole Wizard

SOLIDWORKS 2017 has a new feature: Advanced Holes! Mold tooling often involves networks of complex multi-step holes. These features can be tedious to create and reuse. The SOLIDWORKS 2017 Advanced Hole Wizard provides a simple way to stack up these complex holes. Just select from…

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard Favorite

If you frequently use a particular Hole Wizard hole, instead of re-entering the parameters each time you launch the Hole Wizard command, you can save those settings as a Hole Wizard Favorite. Each Hole Type can have it’s own list of Hole Wizard Favorites. Creating a SOLIDWORKS Hole…

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